Baby Names

Zoe or Zoey

We are considering naming our new baby Zoe.  I really like the spelling without the "y" at the end... but DD already has a three-letter name, and we don't know if that'll look weird, two siblings with only three letter names.  DD's name is Eva.  

Which spelling do you prefer?  Thoughts on the name?  TIA!   

DD #1 Eva- born April 10, 2011

DD #2 Violet- born October 4, 2013

Re: Zoe or Zoey

  • I personally like Zoe, however I've heard people pronounce it Z-oh which would make me consider the Zoey spelling. I think it's pretty either way you choose to spell it.

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  • I don't think it'd be weird to have two siblings with the same number of letters, i don't think anyone would say anything about that. I like Zoe better than Zoey, but that's just me.
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  • I prefer the spelling Zoe, and I don't think I'd even notice that siblings had the same length name much less care.
       
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  • image g8trkim:
    I personally like Zoe, however I've heard people pronounce it Zoh which would make me consider the Zoey spelling. I think it's pretty either way you choose to spell it.


    This is exactly why we named DD Zoey. To be honest, until we started looking into names for her I would have pronounced Zoe just zoh too. So we added the y to avoid confusion.
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  • You could spell it Zooey, like Zooey Deschanel. I realize that might anger some people..
  • I prefer Zoe plus I think this spelling ages better IMO
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  • I prefer zoey. It looks finished to me for some odd reason and you won't have people guessing how to pronounce it. But either way works really.
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    You could spell it Zooey, like Zooey Deschanel. I realize that might anger some people..

    Haha, I kind of thought of that for a split second and then cringed a little.  I do like her a lot, though! 

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  • Zoe

    It is a Greek name. That is how it should be spelled. It is Daphne, Penelope, Calliope, and Phoebe. Not Daphney, Penelopey, Calliopey, and Phoebey. Same for Zoe, IMO. Ni need for the superfluous "y."
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    You could spell it Zooey, like Zooey Deschanel. I realize that might anger some people..

    I really dislike Zooey.  I always think Zoo (with animals) - ee.

    I like Zoe.  I have never heard anyone pronounce it as a 1 syllable name. 

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  • I think that both spellings are perfectly fine (love the name Zoe/Zoey!). I prefer it spelled Zoe, but I do agree that it might look strange to have two daughters with three-letter names.

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  • I think the Y looks silly and honestly, really dumbs the name down for the 'lowest common denominator'. Most people know how to pronounce Zoe. Or they should. 

    Also, I used to have a Zoe at daycare and I always used to call her "Zo" as an affectionate  nickname. Her parents overheard me and let me know that it's pronounced zoe-ee. It never occured to me that they would think that's how I was pronouncing her name. I was just shortening it. I felt dumb. Maybe when you hear people saying "zo", it's the same kind of thing?

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    Zoe

    It is a Greek name. That is how it should be spelled. It is Daphne, Penelope, Calliope, and Phoebe. Not Daphney, Penelopey, Calliopey, and Phoebey. Same for Zoe, IMO. Ni need for the superfluous "y."

     

    Agreed. I'm all for traditional spellings and not worrying about people who don't know how to say them! 

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    Zoe

    It is a Greek name. That is how it should be spelled. It is Daphne, Penelope, Calliope, and Phoebe. Not Daphney, Penelopey, Calliopey, and Phoebey. Same for Zoe, IMO. Ni need for the superfluous "y."

     

    Agreed. I'm all for traditional spellings and not worrying about people who don't know how to say them! 

    Times three.

    Our friends who are Greek just had a Zoe, and call her Zo as  NN. So cute!

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  • I prefer Zoe, but I know a 30 something woman who spells her name Zoie. I honestly don't think the 3 letter thing matters, and I'm not a fan of alternative spellings, so I would go with Zoe
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    I think the Y looks silly and honestly, really dumbs the name down for the 'lowest common denominator'. Most people know how to pronounce Zoe. Or they should. 

     

    Yes. 100%.  Zoe is a great name. I put Zoey in the same boat as Khloe. Just wrong. 

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    ZoeIt is a Greek name. That is how it should be spelled. It is Daphne, Penelope, Calliope, and Phoebe. Not Daphney, Penelopey, Calliopey, and Phoebey. Same for Zoe, IMO. Ni need for the superfluous "y."


    Exactly. Do Zoe!
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    Zoe

    It is a Greek name. That is how it should be spelled. It is Daphne, Penelope, Calliope, and Phoebe. Not Daphney, Penelopey, Calliopey, and Phoebey. Same for Zoe, IMO. Ni need for the superfluous "y."

    Emphatically this.  I know ancient Greek pretty well (majored in classics) and it bugs the living hell out of me when people spell it Zoey.  There is not a y there in Greek.  It doesn't make any sense.  The only reason anyone uses it is so it doesn't get mispronounced, but Zoe is so popular now that anyone who doesn't know how to pronounce it is living under a rock.  Please spell it correctly.

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  • Please spell this name correctly.

    Nothing pains me more than Zoey. (or Zooey used by people who've never read the Salinger novel.)

    Eva and Zoe is an adorable sibset.

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  • Zoe. There is absolutely no reason to have the superfluous Y at the end. It grates on my nerves.

    I would not worry about both children having 3 letter names. No reason to misspell one of their names just to avoid uniformity, kwim?

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  • I think Zoe is the original spelling, although I admit I like the look of the y added for some reason. However, I would still just do Zoe.
  • Thanks, everyone!  This helps a lot.  :)
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    DD #2 Violet- born October 4, 2013
  • I like Zoe and wouldn't worry about the names having the same number of letters.
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